[This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase through those links, you help me run this blog successfully at no extra cost to you. Thank You ] After the launch of the two giant Korean brands Innisfree and The Face Shop, K-Beauty products have become quite the rage everywhere. Day by day, the number of Online Shopping Portals for Korean Beauty Products have also been increasing tremendously. And not only that, many Korean brands are also launched officially. Coming up on today’s Brand Focus Series is the infamous Korean Brand ‘Innisfree’. The brand says Innisfree is one of the first all natural cosmetics brand of South Korea bringing the nature’s natural benefits from Jeju Island. Innisfree is also an eco-friendly brand and has a wide range of products catering to different skin needs. My experience with Innisfree Products have been quite satisfying so far. My first stint was with their ever so popular sheet masks, followed by capsule recipe packs. In the month of December, I also got the chance to explore various other Innisfree Products when I decided to invest on their Limited Edition Winter Skincare Puzzle Collection. As usual, this is going to be a super detailed post, so grab your cup of coffee before going ahead.
Best Innisfree Products Review
1. Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist
I have tried many rose water mists that are super refreshing and light on the skin. But this Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist is not only hydrating but very moisturizing as well. In fact, it gives an overdose of moisture for my oily skin. So when I’m using this Mineral Mist, I tend to layer up with lighter products especially if it’s day time. This is a multi-use mist which can used after cleansing in place of toner or on top of your makeup to give a dewy effect or throughout the day to keep you refreshed. I prefer to use this only on my clean face, after cleansing replacing my toner. It gives a temporary cooling effect and calms down the skin.
Coming to its fragrance, Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist is heavily scented with high notes of green tea. It’s on the sweeter side, thankfully it does not intensify and fades away couple of minutes later. But the scent can be really bothering for people with sensitive noses. The other Innisfree Products that I tried from the Green Tea Range had similar strong fragrance. Strong fragrance can not only be irritating on the nose, but it can also break out some people and can even cause skin reactions. So choose wisely.
The packaging is also something that has to be taken note of. I do not know if my piece was a manufacturing defect, but the nozzle of my bottle sprays towards the extreme downside, so I always had to spray from a distance above my forehead. Also, it doesn’t spray uniformly and I get uneven big and small droplets on my face. Still, the mist does not spritz sharply like some toner sprays and feels soft on the skin. Other than these, the packaging is really nice looking with its white body and is travel friendly as well.
Overall, I found this to be an ok product. I didn’t really enjoy much as it was too moisturizing for me. I would recommend this to someone who has dry dehydrated skin.
Out of all the Innisfree Products, this is their Best Selling Product. So obviously I had high hopes on this product. After trying out for a month, on and off, I have mixed feelings about this product.
Whenever I used this continuously for two to three days I tend to get tiny bumps. So I give a break in between whilst using this product. The CosDNA Analysis of Green Tea Seed Serum shows no acne ingredients. I doubt that the strong fragrance might be the cause of those tiny bumps. Anyways, Innisfree Grea Seed Serum is a semi-thick liquid serum which feels sticky upon application. I take one and half pump of the serum and gently pat on my face after cleansing and toning. It takes about few seconds to dry down to a smooth dewy finish. I apply a lightweight moisturizer/night cream on top or at times I skipped moisturizing my oily skin if it’s day time. You can also apply a moisturizer immediately after applying the serum when it’s still damp as recommended by some skincare experts. In that way, you get the most benefits of the serum by locking in extra moisture. But I prefer letting it 90% dry and then follow up with the next product. The serum is super hydrating and moisturizing at the same and would make a great serum for dry mature skin. This should also suit combination skin types very well. Once the serum gets absorbed into the skin, skin feels light and comfortable.
I haven’t tested this for long to comment on its long term benefits. But whenever I use this in my night time routine, I wake up with a well hydrated supple skin. That is all and well, those tiny bumps too when used continuously. With this one month of usage, I still have about 80% of the product left. So this 50 ml bottle is going to last really long.
Concluding, I am yet to see any extra ordinary results like improvement in skin texture or even toned, brighter skin or any difference in my pores. As of now, I can tell that it is a nice hydrator and if you have dry, dehydrated skin, you will love this. Probably I will post a detailed review on this once I’m finished with the bottle.
This is a product that I thought would not work for my skin in the entire Puzzle Collection. But surprisingly this worked really good. I had used this entirely during the winters when my skin was craving for some serious moisture.
Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream is a rich, anti-aging cream with Orchid Exlir, a superior anti-oxidant from the Jeju Orchids. This has a gel cream consistency with a smooth velvety texture. It gives a balmy feel when applying and takes a while to get absorbed completely. But once absorbed, skin feels comfortable and no greasiness or oiliness remains. It results in a silicone smooth, well moisturized skin. Indeed, it contains silicones in it!
I had used this mostly as a night cream and the next morning, my skin used to be soft and plumped up. It also significantly reduced the dullness that I had during the time I used this cream. Though not a miracle product, this tackles dryness and gives a healthy skin.
Again, this cream has a synthetic fragrance, although it’s not very overpowering like the Green Tea products. The packaging is also really cute and handy. I like the different colors, each innisfree product come up with.
Overall, Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream is a perfect anti-aging night cream to revive tired, dull and dry skin. If you can ignore the presence of silicones, initial balmy feel and absence of SPF, give it a shot. For swatches of the cream, check out the full review post of the Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream.
Rating : 4.2/5.
Korean products certainly have innovative ingredients in them. This product has Jeju Green Tea Leaves that has been fermented and matured through a period of 100 days. Hence the name Black Green Tea. Black Green Tea is known to be a great anti-oxidant providing deep moisture and nourishment to the skin. Impressive right!
Coming to its performance, Innisfree Black Green Tea Mask is an amber brown, gel based mask, dispersed with lots of black green tea leaves. These are smooth particles and does not hinder the application. I usually apply a generous layer of the mask on my damp skin and let it sit for 15-20 mins. And then use a wet sponge to remove the mask. If I directly splash water and rinse the mask, it becomes a tedious task as it has a slipperiness and requires lots of water to remove. Once washed and pat dried, my skin looks healthy and supple. This mask is not drying, rather its hydrating and leaves the skin refreshed and soft to touch. This is a good revitalizing face mask with a nice citrus fragrance. It awakens my dull tired skin and this mask is good option for soothing sunburnt skin. But don’t expect it to provide miracle results of instant skin brightening.
Personally I loved using this face mask for its soothing and non-drying effect. But honestly considering the Price vs Effectiveness, this product is not worth investing. One can easily skip this product as you can get such results with simple DIY’s. For swatches of the mask, check out the full review post of the Innisfree Black Green Tea Mask.
Rating: 4/5 ( Because I loved it).
5. Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack
As said before, Koreans not only have innovative ingredients in their products, they have innovative products to go into their skincare routine as well. Sleeping Packs is one such product. If I had not learnt about K-Beauty, I wouldn’t know such products existed. This was my first “Sleeping Pack”, so I was hoping it to be something new.
The one I have is the sample sized version which comes in a convenient to use tube form whereas the full sized product comes in a tub which needs the use of a spatula. Just like the other green tea products, this too is heavily scented. The scent is refreshing but certainly strong for sensitive noses.
Moving on, Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack is nothing but a gel based moisturizer with tiny little white beads. With gentle massage, the beads gets dissolved completely adding a thin film of moisture onto the skin. The sleeping pack does not have any sticky feel and is quite lightweight on the skin. I leave it overnight and the next morning, I wake up with a well hydrated plump skin. While rinsing my face, I noticed a silicone slipperiness which makes me think that the product was sitting on top of my skin like a mask doing its work overnight?
The instructions says to use after your regular CTM as the last step. Sometimes I use as per the directions after my moisturizer, sometimes I like to use this directly after toning, without any other moisturizer. Either ways, with continuous use for over two weeks, I found my skin to be a lot more clearer, brighter and even toned. It doesn’t per se work on getting rid of my acne marks but has helped the marks to fade away lightly. The mask doesn’t really show any difference on active acne.
Overall, my experience with my first sleeping mask was pretty good. I actually liked the formula as it was light and suitable for my oily skin. This neither made my skin oily nor gave me breakouts. I will chose this product over the serum, cream or mist in the entire Puzzle Collection of Innisfree Products.
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6. Innisfree Capsule Recipe Packs
I was intrigued to try out these recipe packs because of their cute little tub packaging. Innisfree Capsule Recipe Packs are available in a whole lot of variants ranging from rice to seaweed to kiwi and they are majorly categorized as Sleeping Packs and Wash Off Packs. I picked up two variants, one in each and I loved both of them. Although the tubs look like a one time use product, they come from anywhere 4 to 7 usages, depend upon how much product you use each time. If you are concerned that you are paying 150 bucks for these tiny tubs, rest assured these are surely more economical and effective than the much raved sheet masks. Storing them for the next uses has also become easier with the new packaging which comes with tight cap. Coming to my experience,
Green Tea Sleeping Pack: I used this in my night time routine after cleansing and toning. I skipped a moisturizer whilst using this pack to test its effectiveness. Innisfree Green Tea Recipe Pack is a milky white, semi thick gel pack with a faint green tea scent. The pack spreads fairly well and requires a good massage to get absorbed into the skin completely. It has an initial sticky feel which subsides as time goes on. The pack is highly moisturizing and treats dryness instantly. Post applying this pack, I just head to bed straight away.
In the mornings, my skin would be glowing and plumped up. It was also balanced with proper moisture and hydration. I was so much in love with the results of this sleeping pack. It visibly brightened my skin after using it for straight 5 days. (Note: The Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack and this Green Tea Capsule Recipe Pack are different products with slightly different formulas.)
Volcanic Clay Wash Off: This is my second face pack from this range and this is a wash off mask. It is a semi-dry clay pack. It is quite thick so I had to mix a little bit of water/rose water or apply it on wet face for easier spreadability. I apply the mask on clean face and let it dry for about 10 to 15 minutes. Since this is clay based, it dries faster. I try to remove it before it completely dries to avoid post cleansing dryness. I use a wet sponge to remove the mask and then rinse my face with normal tap water. I pat dry my skin gently. Results? Despite being a clay pack, this doesn’t dry out my skin. This pack gives a tightening effect but without the dryness. It also reduced tiny bumps significantly. Whenever I use this pack, my skin feels a lot more fresher, smoother, softer and tighter. This is a good face mask that gives satisfying results. I would recommend oily skin types to have this product handy.
I’m soon planning to try out other variants especially the rice variant. So keep subscribed to know more about them.
7. Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Sheet Mask
Although I bought many Innisfree Sheet Masks (buy 5 get 5 free) when they first launched, but practically speaking I don’t even remember how each one of them performed. All I remember was I loved using these sheet masks, despite some of them being tacky after removing. This Strawberry variant was my last buy, so I will share my experience with this one alone.
All Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Sheet Mask come in one time use sachets with attractive images of the key ingredient on it. I love how they look warm and nice to my eyes. It makes me want to not tear open it and just have there in my vanity sitting in front of my eyes. Are you like me?
Anyways, on the day of sheet masking, I cleansed with a face wash, used a physical scrub, toned with a mild hydrating toner and then opened up the sachet to sheet mask on my face. The sheet mask had a strong artificial strawberry fragrance. I expected this fake scent because almost all their sheet masks smell fake. Innisfree Sheet Mask is fairly thin made of fabric cotton. The mask was dripping wet with serum so I had to carefully place it on my face. The fitting was okay-ish. I had refrigerated the mask, so this gave me an intense cooling sensation which I loved. And the weather was also pretty hot that day and my skin was craving for some calming effect. I let it sit for 20 minutes. In the meantime, I applied the remaining serum in the sachet onto my neck and arms. The mask doesn’t completely dry by 20 minutes, just on my cheeks it was partly dry. I then gently removed it and patted my skin for better absorption of the serum. I did have the sticky feel, but it was there for only 7-10 mins until it got absorbed completely. The immediate result of this mask was impressive. This mask nicely hydrated my skin, gave me a dewy effect and I could see my skin brightened up the next morning. This mask was similar to The Face Shop Green Tea Mask for me.
Overall, I loved this Strawberry Mask. I was quite happy with its results which stayed for about 2 days.
8. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
Love love this! This clay based mask is perfect for my oily skin. It mildly exfoliates, deeply cleanses the pores and controls excess sebum production. The mask has a grey colored thick texture which can be hard to spread. But applying the mask on damp skin makes everything easier though. It starts drying as soon as applied and it completely dries in less than 10 minutes. I then proceed to moisten my skin and gentle scrub away the mask as I am rinsing the mask. The mask gives a cooling sensation to the skin while washing and post pat drying the skin as well. I haven’t faced any irritations or allergic reactions due to this mask, which is a big thing. Because 90% of the ready to use masks makes my skin go red. This wasn’t like that. My skin felt fresh, clean and clear. Although this is a clay mask, this was one of the least drying types. My skin didn’t feel overly dry or stretchy. The effect of the mask is majorly seen after a few hours of removal. It enhances my skin tone a bit and makes my pores appear smaller. The fragrance of this mask is plus for me, it’s nice and subtle and not at all overwhelming compared to other Innisfree Products. Overall, I love to pamper, clean up and detoxify my skin with this mask atleast once a week. A little goes a long way, so the product is cost effective as well. Oily Skin Types definitely try this. Dry skin types may use this, provided you moisturize really well post masking.
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Innisfree Products Overview
|Product Name||Quick Review||Where to buy?|
|Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist||This is a scented, nicely hydrating mist that can be used at any time of the day. It can be used as a toner, refresher & on top of makeup as well. It was slighlty heavy for my oily skin.||Amazon.com | Nykaa.com|
|Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum||This again is a strongly fragranced product from Innisfree. It is a intense hydrator that makes skin supple, but I didn’t notice any major other skin benefits from using this.||Amazon.com | Nykaa.com|
|Innisfree Orchid Enrich Cream||It’s is a perfect anti-aging night cream for beginners. It plumps up skin and revives dull tired skin. I loved this.||Amazon.com | Nykaa.com|
|Innisfree Black Green Tea Mask||This is a very soothing and hydrating gel mask with Green Tea Extracts. I liked it, it is amazing for sunburnt and irritated skin. Calms skin so well.||Amazon.com | Nykaa.com|
|Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack||A very lightweight sleeping pack apt for oily skin. Whenever I used this in PM routine, I woke up with a brightened skin. It also helps to gradually fade away fresh acne marks.||Amazon.com | Nykaa.com|
|Innisfree Capsule Recipe Packs||I have tried two of them and I loved them both. They do what they claim to do. Each capsule lasts for 4-5 uses and are great for travel. Recommended.||Amazon.com | Nykaa.com|
|Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Sheet Masks||Nice affordable sheet masks that do no smell like alcohol. Delivers what they claim. I like the Strawberry variant.||Amazon.com | Nykaa.com|
|Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask||An amazing clay mask for oily skin types. It detoxifies, clears up pores and makes you feel fresh and brighter. Love this.||Nykaa.com|
Final Thoughts on Innisfree Products
(-) Innisfree is not all natural as claimed! It is clearly seen from the ingredient list that it contains certain synthetic preservatives like Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, artificial fragrances and much more. BUT, if you compare with some herbal brands that claims to have aloe vera extract in it and in actual have .001 percentages in it (Biotique?), then Innisfree is much much better as most of the key natural ingredients amounts to major composition of the product. For example, Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum contains 75.9% of Green Tea Extract and Innisfree Black Green Tea Mask has 55% of Black Green Tea, which I think is not bad.
(-) As I said, Innisfree Products contain synthetic fragrances added, but that too they are heavily scented, especially the Green Tea Range. They are way overpowering so it is problem for sensitive skin types.
(+) The packaging of all Innisfree Products are very attractive and eye candy. The color coding of each range is an added advantage. All products from the Green Tea Range are Green, the Volcanic Range are Brown, the Pomegranate range are red and so on.
(-) But, most of their creams come in a tub form which might be unhygienic to dip your fingers for each use, unless you use a spatula. They do not provide a spatula too.
(+) Price point. Its not that bad actually. Innisfree is surely not a budget friendly brand, but is definitely within reach. All Korean brands I’ve come across are priced at the same range, atleast here in India, so it’s not a surprise for me.
Well, that wraps up this review post on various Innisfree Products. I hope you found them helpful in anyway. If you like to see more brand reviews in the future, please subscribe and stay updated. Missed out other brand reviews in the Brand Focus Series? Read them HERE.